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review 2018-07-15 06:44
Linear Shift, Part 2 by Paul B. Kohler
Linear Shift, Part 2 - Paul B. Kohler

Linear Shift, Part 2 by Paul B. Kohler is a time travel story. I gave it four stars. It continues where Linear Shift, Part 1 stopped.

 

"Michael could feel the goose bumps dance across his skin like spiders attending a masquerade ball. He longed to hear those words. He needed to hear more."

 

It's about Peter Cooper and time travel. Things aren't always what they seem.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HHWCXAO

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review 2018-06-28 10:00
Release Day Review! Shift of Destiny (Ice Age Shifters #2) Carol Van Natta!
Shift of Destiny - Carol Van Natta Van Natta

 

 

There is no such thing as magic, or sexy shifters. Or… is there?

 

Moira Graham’s car breaks down in the tourist town of Kotoyeesinay, Wyoming. She’s on the run. Again. A crazy billionaire wants to possess her ability to predict the future, but it’s not a “gift.” It’s simple guesswork. Magic doesn’t exist. And this quirky town—which uses elves, fortune tellers, and fairy-tale gimmicks to draw tourists in—isn’t helping.

 

Roving carpenter Chance McKennie is a prehistoric shifter on the lookout for a mate. Unfortunately, people fear his lion, and don’t stick around long enough to get to know the man. He thought his luck would change in Kotoyeesinay, but his skills aren’t needed in this magical sanctuary town with creatures of myth and legend on every block.

 

When Moira bumps into him, she’s almost willing to believe in the magic of this place. But it’s going to take more than a red-hot handyman and some glowy lights to save her from ruthless hunters.

 

Chance is determined to protect his mate and help her find the magic in her blood. But even a top predator can’t guess the lengths to which a desperate billionaire will go to get what he wants.

 

Continue the magic with Shift of Destiny, the second book in USA TODAY bestselling author Carol Van Natta's fun, action-filled, steamy-hot Ice Age Shifters™ series.

 

 

I just visited a whole town of wonderful people and full of magic. Two of these wonderful people were Moira and Chance who are strong and easily connected to which made me want to get to know them better and boy did I get to know them. Both of them has a bit of wanderlust inside them out of necessity which it makes it hard to get to know people and even more, it makes it hard for them to get to know themselves so when their chemistry starts sparks flying and feelings of settling down, they are a taken aback a bit but find that they really want to explore the attraction. So the romance between is quite sweet and full of passion but this couple has a ways to go to reach their happily ever after.

 

Secrets and danger adds lots of thrilling suspense and energy to the story as Moira’s past catches up to her and embarks quite an elaborate scheme to kidnap her and most of the town for the bad guys entertainment, add in some surprising twists and betrayals to the mix and there is never a dull moment to be found within this fast paced story.

 

I love Carol Van Natta’s Central Galactic Concordance series so I was really excited to discover that she had begun a new series, unfortunately I missed reading the first one (I will have to remedy that) but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the heck out of Shift of Destiny. The Ice Age Shifters adds uniqueness to the shifter worlds and the town where the story takes place – Kotoyeesinay – really adds something special to this world because it’s fun, unique, magical and quite quirky so relished in a few chuckles along the way even the bad guy was quite entertaining. I am definitely looking forward to visiting again so I get to know more of these delightfully charming characters and their fascinating town.

 

 

Shift of Destiny

 

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40316123-shift-of-destiny

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/shift-of-destiny-carol-van-natta-van-natta/book,13981047

 

 

is the 2nd book in the Ice Age Shifters series

 

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/series/232610-ice-age-shifters

 

author series page - https://author.carolvannatta.com/ice-age-shifters-series/

 

 

which includes:


Shifter Mate Magic #1

 

& coming soon:
Heart of a Dire Wolf #3 (August 2018)
Dire Wolf Wanted #4 (September 2018)

 

 

Shift of Destiny is available in ebook at:

 

Amazon-US - https://amazon.com/dp/B07DCFKF6R?tag=carvannataut01-20

 

Amazon-CA - https://amazon.ca/dp/B07DCFKF6R

 

Amazon-AU - https://amazon.com.au/dp/B07DCFKF6R

 

Amazon-UK - https://amazon.co.uk/dp/B07DCFKF6R

 

 

 

Carol Van Natta writes science fiction and fantasy, including Overload Flux, Minder Rising, Zero Flux, Pico's Crush, and Jumper's Hope, the first five books in a space opera series; In Graves Below (Magic, NM) , a paranormal romance; and Hooray for Holopticon , a retro science fiction comedy. She shares her Fort Collins, CO home with a sometime mad scientist and various cats. Any violations of the laws of physics in her books is the fault of the cats, not the mad scientist. Be the first to know about new releases by signing up for her newsletter at bit.ly/CVN-news or read her blog at Author.CarolVanNatta.com, or find her on Facebook at CarolVanNattaAuthor.

 

 

Be sure and visit Carol Van Natta at the following locations:

 

Website - http://author.carolvannatta.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3980825.Carol_Van_Natta

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/CarolVanNattaAuthor

 

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/CarolVanNatta

 

G+ - https://plus.google.com/+CarolVanNatta/posts

 

InstaGram - https://www.instagram.com/carol.vannatta/

 

BookBub- https://www.bookbub.com/authors/carol-van-natta

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/carol-van-natta-van-natta/author,2031603

 

 

 

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review 2018-05-27 16:56
Night Shift
Night Shift - Charlaine Harris

The first half was so slow. Just get on with it already! The last half picked up thankfully. I really didn't get the whole point of Kiki's visit other than to make sure the readership knew that Kiki is a bitch (well, duh) and Fiji an outcast in her own family (oh my, I had no idea, none!). I was beyond annoyed with the "virgin blood" plot point. That. Was. Bad. 
After all that, who was the person on the top floor of the Midnight Hotel facing the pawnshop? It was a mystery, but one with no resolution. Also, whomever paid for the hotel and the assisted living fees of Mamie, Susie, and Tommy was never outright solved. I'm assuming "O's" father? I'm glad the series is over, this on was unsatisfying and annoying. But, I'm annoyed further with the amount of (what I feel are) lose ends. Did I miss something?

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review 2017-11-29 18:34
Review: The Shift of the Tide by Jeffe Kennedy
The Shift of the Tide (The Uncharted Realms) (Volume 3) - Jeffe Kennedy

Zynda lived her whole life in Annwyn, one of the most talented shifters of the Tala. Leaving her protected home with the Dafne and Jepp on the mission to Nahanau and Dasnaria, Zynda harbored a personal mission: to learn how to take Final Form, the dragon. Marskal, one of Ursula’s Hawks, noticed Zynda right from the start and fell in love with her the more time he spent with her. Being assigned as Zynda’s personal guard allows him to spend more time with her, and he’ll take whatever he can get.

 

The Shift of the Tide picks up the adventures of the Uncharted Realms following High Queen Ursula’s near death. Now back on Nahanau, Ursula and Dafne want Zynda to help locate the lost kingdom of N’andanan; however, Zynda has her own agenda, which takes over the storyline. While I enjoyed Zynda’s journey as she progresses towards her goal of Final Form, I missed the forward momentum of the overall storyarc regarding N’andanan and the attacks by the Deyrr. Yes there are bits and pieces, but nothing substantial, and in that sense, the book has almost a transitional quality, putting cogs in place for the future telling.

 

I enjoyed both Zynda and Marskal. While I was a bit disappointed that Marskal was already “in love,” I found Zynda’s acceptance of his love, along with her own personal development made for an enjoyable tale. Marskal is everything Zynda needs, and I love how she recognizes it, but uses her determination to take Final Form to help the Tala as excuses for not accepting it. And as the story progresses, I grew to like Zynda more and more. I like how she had to completely rethink her life. I liked seeing the reasons for the pressures she faces (puts on herself) everyday once she’s back in Annfwn. Then there is Marskal, who almost always knows how to encourage Zynda. He seems to know before she does, just what she needs. To be held, to be nourished, to be pushed. It’s his patience and devotion that makes the romance work so well.

 

With that said, I felt something was lacking in The Shift of the Tide, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. While the romance isn’t as central as in other books, that really isn’t what is missing. The plot felt choppy, like some piece of story building was gone and that prevented me from fully immersing myself. I liked the characters, but needed more from them. Additionally, I felt the last 10% of the book was too easy and quick, with a few key elements coming off anti-climatic, which added to my frustrations with the story.

 

In the end, I struggled with The Shift of the Tide. I wanted to like it more than I did because I adore this series so much. Yet, I never was able to fully immerse myself into the story. However, I did enjoy Zynda and Marskal, and hope to see more of them in future titles. The story is a must read for fans of the series, setting up bits and pieces for the battle to come.


My Rating: C+

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review 2017-11-22 15:35
Misadventures on the Night Shift - Lauren Rowe

Dancia and Abby work third shift at the Rockford Hotel. During the “ dead zone” hours- two to three hours where nothing ever happened at the Rockford and Abby would get a good chance to get some studying done.Abby is going to law school part time not because she loved the idea of being a lawyer but s she won’t be a disappointment to her parents. Abby had been a wild child in her teens with a zero impulse  control. But Abby had a secret- she was also the author of a of her own sexy blog.    Abby felt Lucas Ford was the sexiest rock star she had ever seen. The man had decorated Abby’s teen walls ten years ago. He was one of the few things Abby would let interrupt hier studies. Lucas had been Abby’s teenage fantasy. Danica has known Abby for two years since she had worked at the hotel. Danica said to come look at her phone it was a sex tape of Lucas and it made Abby hotter than hot. Danicia told Abby that Lucas had a meltdown at his concert  that night and had walked off the stage and left his band there and didn’t return.  Then about three in the morning Abby got a call about renting a penthouse but the person said they would be there in two minutes and hung up before Abby could get a name or credit card information.   Then walked in a nerdy looking man who seem to fit the voice on the phone then behind him came Lucas Ford. he was renting Penthouse A for a week. Abby couldn’t believe her eyes to actually see her long time idol. Then he sits down across the lobby and lights a cigarette Abby has to go over and tell him he can’t have a lit cigarette in a hotel  lobby in Colorado Lucas calls her Abby the Asskicker bit not in a rude way.  Lucas felt he was being held back creatively by his record label. Lucas had called down and specifically asked for Abby when Abby got on the phone he wanted her to come to the penthouse she said she was still working but she could bring him some food o she made him a quick sandwich and grabbed the bottle of booze he had requested and went to his room. But he was very rude to Abby and she told him off and left his room in a huff even left her blazer there in the room. Lucas knows he must write a song that will be a hit for his record company then he can produce his fourth and final album for them.   The next time Abby comes back to work she finds out she inspired Lucas and he wrote a song and his record label even liked it and Abby became his muse.

I didn't like this book’s beginning chapters. I felt it was just crass so I didn’t even try to make myself finish this book. If I can’t at least like the beginning of a book I find I just can’t get into it no matter how it ends. I am sure someone else loved this book just wasn’t for me.

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